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Difference between AM2 and AM2+?

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Is there any architectural difference between AM2 and AM2+ meaning will the Phenom 2 work on the AM2?
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depending on the cpu I guess, the reason for am2+ were individual power lanes for each cpu for the higher power phenom's. So perhaps it might work for a phenom II that doesnt use that much power.
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I thought there was an AM3 coming out...
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Yeah, the Phenom II is AM3.

But, I think the question still stands even then.
What's the difference between AM2(+) and AM3?
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AM2+ vs AM3
DDR3 support. Faster HT link.
AM2 Vs AM2+
Faster HT/HT 3.0 Split power lanes.
EDIT: More or less the only real reasons are the bios. The board in theory could run it with slower HT and RAM.
Edited by AMDPhenomX4 - 12/19/08 at 5:48pm
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After all the replies I am still confused, so is there any structural difference between the AM2 and AM2+, as far as I know Phenom 2 is only compatible on the AM2+... Shed some light on this topic... Thanks...
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Well I think when it comes to power, AM2 had one lane of power for the cpu and the memory controller. This caused a lot of problems for people when the 125 watt phenoms came out because mobo's couldnt provide enough power.

So then they came out with am2+, and isntead of one lane, they had 5, one for each core and one for the memory controller.
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